Weber Was Wrong

A blog from the site of Andrew Sullivan, one of the best of our current writers on religion, on how religion increased instead of decreased due to new technology. Honestly, I would have expressed the same opinion, but instead of citing facts and statistics, I would have described the prayers that computers, cell phones, cars and airplanes elicit from people when they show signs of not working correctly.

The Dish

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Irina Papkova explores how post-communist Russia’s religious revival has forced theorists to rethink the role of spirituality in modern society:

Since the Enlightenment, prominent social thinkers like Auguste Comte, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim have promoted the “secularization thesis.” In a nutshell, this theory proposes that as a society modernizes, the importance of religion will inevitably decline. …

But real life has a disconcerting way of overturning established assumptions.

Once the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, religion (understood as both levels of faith and institutional structures) resurfaced with such vigor that it challenged not only previous beliefs about the atheistic nature of the Soviet population, but also globally undermined the “secularization thesis.” In 1991, there were 3,451 Orthodox parishes registered on the territory of the Russian Federation. By 2003, this number had risen to 11,299, a rate of expansion of about 300 percent. Other konfessi (religious groups) across Russia developed at…

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